Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bike Directions

I know I said I'd be on hiatus... but this is quick.

Google Maps now includes cycling directions along with public transit, walking and driving (but why anyone would want the last one is beyond me) in "150 U.S. cities". Riverside is among them. Enjoy!

5 comments:

k said...

At the T-NOW meeting, a decision was made to pursue the Late Evening (whatever that means) bus from UCR to Tyler Mall. They said they would not go beyond to La Sierra because even now service to that area stops 2 hours short of service to other areas.

The 511 programs is close to being rolled our or is being rolled out with the big event announcing it to come. Information was handed out about that and about the Perris Metrolink.

JN said...

511 rolled out in late January, and was covered here: http://ridinginriverside.blogspot.com/2010/01/511-in-ie.html

Keep me posted on the "Late Evening" bus service, and I'd also love to know what the handout said about the PV line.

k said...

Text from PERRIS VALLEY LINE, I-215: RIVERSIDE -- MORENO VALLEY -- PERRIS phamplet"

WHAT IS PLANNED?

The Perris Valley Line is located within the right-of-way of the existing 120-year old San Jacinto Branch Line. The project would include track rehabilitation with weleded rails, new double track for a 9-mile segment parallel to I-215 south of Box Springs Road and north of Nuevo Road, a new connection with BNSF north of the city of Riverside called the Citrus Connection, track relocated to a new platform at Perris Station, four new stations with provisions for two stations later to meet future demand , and a layover facility at the southern terminus.

The four stations would be constructed to Metrolink standards and feature a 680-foot platform with track-side canopy structures, ticket kiosks, schedule information, and low-water use landscaping. The layover station would be constructed at the South Perris Station. Safety is a priority for RCTC and Metrolink. The Perris Valley Line would employ a comprehensive strategy of appropriate safety measures to systematically reduce the opportunity for accidents at grade crossings.

Enhancements would be made at existing grade crossings and could include flashing warning devices, gates, raised center medians, striping, signing and pavement markings, crossing safety lighting, and pedestrian safety improvements.

Federal law mandates that railroads have positive train control (PTC) in place by 2015. Although the specific technology has not been prescribed. Metrolink and the railroads are developing plans to meet that mandate



PERRIS VALLY LINE PROJECT FACTS
March Field Station [Alessandro Blvd], Perris Station [near 4th St.], and South Perris Station [almost to Ethnac Rd].

[Map shows HUNTER PARK AREA STATION and shows future stations as UCR STATION, RAMONA STATION at Ramona Expressway. Also it shows the track running from HUNTER PARK AREA STATION to downtown Riverside at or near the current metrolink station.]

Three downtown communities directly served: Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris. The terminus of the line near the junction of SR-74 and Ethanac Road in Perris will also provide service to additional communities incluidng Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, Meniffee, Murrieta, Temecula and Wildomar to the south and Hemet and San Jacinto to the east.

FUNDING PARTNERS:

the $232.7 million cost of the Perris Valley Line will be funded through a combination of federal, state, and local funds.

[Pie chart in four sections with the labels below]
- State 25%
- Other Federal 18 %
- Measure A 25%
- FTA Small Starts 32 %


PERRIS VALLEY LINE PROJECT SCHEDULE

Environmental studies and planning work is well underway. Start up is projected for late 2012.

k said...

PERRIS VALLEY LINE PROJECT BENEFITS

Better Mobility:

Most of the Perris Valley Line parallels the I-
215 which is expected to carry as many as 200,000 vehicles per day by 2020. The Perris Valley Line provides commuters traveling to jobs in employment centers with a convenient, safe and traffic free alternative to I-215, one of the fastest growing corridors in the country.etter


Better Public Transit Service:

Metrolink, combined with regional and local bus services provide an environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient alternative to driving alone. The Perris Valley Line would attract an estimated 4,350 riders daily. The service would eliminate thousands of vehicle trips per day on I-215 and SR-60 serving commuters from the cities of Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Perris, Moreno Vally, Hemet, and San Jacinto.


Job Creation:
By extending Metrolink to more of the region, local residents can take the train to jobs within Riverside County. The success of Metrolink will make the area more attractive to potential employers who will want to locate near vibrant rail stations.


Station Development:

new stations in Downtown and South Perris, at Moreno Valley/March Field and in job centers in Riverside will benefit residents, employers and businesses through new investment in better infrastructure. Many studies show that property values often increase when located conveniently near rail stations.


Quality of Life:

Riverside County is the nation's second largest cuonty in terms of growth and reisdents have the lonest commutes in the nation. The Perris Valley Linewill offer a 40-minute unimpeded commute from South Perris station to Downtown Riverside in comparison with the 80-minute trip projected for rush hour trraffic in 2030. In addition to reducing traffic on the freeways and contributing to improved air quality, Metrolink makes it easier for residents to spend time with friends and family thanks to a more dependable commute.


BACK FLAP

The Perris Valley Line extends existing Metrolink service 24 miles further into Riverside County creating better access to popular commuter rail transportation destinations.


MAP [not shown includes a rectangle around the points identified below with a few of the major streets and highways and stations as noted below [Bracketed info added by poster]

[COMMENTS

Existing, Planned and Proposed Stations

- Downtown Riverside
- Hunter Park Area Station
- UCR Station (Future)
- Moreno Valley/ March Field Station [at Alessandro]
- [NO STATION PLANNED VAN BUREN ROAD]
- Ramona Station (future)
- Perris Station [Near 4th St.]
- South Perris Station [near Ethanac Road and 74]

k said...

[CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE PERRIS VALLEY LINE PROJECT:]

Riverside County Transportation Commission [RCTC]
4080 Lemon Street, 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 12008
Riverside, CA 92502-2208
(951) 787-7141
www.rctc.org
www.perrisvallyline.info